Since my election in July 2018, as Lichfield City and District Councillor for Curborough, I’ve been working very hard for all Curborough residents. I’ve held my regular monthly advice surgery at Jigsaw and also a number of Street Surgeries. I’ve met a wide variety of people, listened to them and tried to help them. I’ve also been active on both the City and District Councils, along with my Labour colleagues. I’ve also suggested better ways of doing things to help local people. I’ve campaigned successfully as well, supported by Dave Robertson, my fellow candidate in Curborough now for the District Council. We campaigned to stop the Tories at the County Council ending the school crossing patrols and free bus passes for some people before 9.30 a.m.
I worked for over 40 years in housing and community development, both in Housing Associations and Local Authorities. I have worked on the front-line and also been a senior manager/leader with a wide range of skills and experience. I have served, in a voluntary capacity, on a number of Boards and Management Committees, as well as on the East Midlands Regional Assembly, where I chaired the Housing Task Group from its inception. I am a Member and volunteer for Fusion Credit Union, member and then Chair of North Lichfield Initiative for 8 years, until it wound up in 2017. I feel that I bring a wide range of skills and experience, as outlined above from my work life, I also bring a lot of life experience to the role and am a very resilient and determined person, hoping to work hard to change things for the better across Lichfield District.
I grew up in Lichfield and have lived here since the age of four. I went to Willows Primary and Netherstowe Secondary Schools before studying at the Universities of Liverpool and Birmingham. I have always believed in helping those around which is why I’m standing to be a District Councillor.
As a volunteer with Lichfield foodbank I understand the effects that years of Conservative austerity has had on people and what needs to change to make people’s lives better. I believe in our public services and our community which is why I am a member of the Labour Party. I will always stand up for our community, be it running Labour’s campaign to protect school crossing patrols in the City or being part of the team ensuring that the Friarsgate fiasco was properly reported after it fell apart in June last year.
As a teacher for almost 10 years and now working for an education trade union I have worked with a wide range of people from different backgrounds and with different outlooks. This has helped me understand that by listening to people, you can help them, and all those around them.
I could not have hoped to have a better running mate than Colin who has worked so hard on behalf of his constituents as a well as supporting with the campaigns over school crossings and Friarsgate.